Kingwood Medical Center February 26, 2015

Pictured above: Interventional Cardiologist Dr. Armita Atashband; Melinda Stephenson, CEO of Kingwood Medical Center; Abigail Ainsworth, Development Specialist at the American Heart Association, and Heart Survivor Jodi Seay at Ladies Night Out, Love Your Heart promoting Women’s Heart Health at Kingwood Medical Center on February 19th.

Kingwood, TX, February 26, 2015— Kingwood Medical Center, an HCA Affiliated Hospital, celebrated Heart Month and supported the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women® national movement to help end heart disease and stroke in women by showing off their red threads on “National Wear Red Day.” The hospital donated $2,456.38 to the American Heart Association raised from its cafeteria lunch sales on February 6th and hosted Ladies Night Out, Love Your Heart community events on February 19th and 24th to increase women’s awareness about the risk factors and symptoms for heart disease. Over 135 community women attended Ladies Night Out, Love Your Heart events, learning more about women’s risk factors and symptoms for heart disease.

On February 19th at the Ladies Night Out, Love Your Heart event, Jodi Seay, a heart attack survivor, shared her life changing experience and said, “I survived my heart attack because I recognized the symptoms, called 911, took some aspirin, gave my history to the dispatcher and stayed calm. I feel it is vitally important to share my story and help raise awareness about women’s heart health.”

While the ladies dined on a delicious heart-healthy dinner, Interventional Cardiologist Dr. Armita Atashband provided an insightful presentation on understanding the risk and prevention of cardiovascular disease in women. She emphasized the heart attack symptoms in women.

“Chest pain remains the most common symptom in the setting of a heart attack. However, between 30 and 37% of women do not experience chest pain, in particular older women and those with diabetes.” said Dr. Armita Atashband, “Other symptoms can include shortness of breath, back pain, jaw pain, nausea, abdominal pain, fatigue, and palpitations. Heart disease can strike women at any age, but it is largely preventable. Healthy lifestyle changes can prevent or postpone heart disease.”

At the Ladies Night Out, Love Your Heart event, held on the evening of February 24th, Debbie Stockwell shared her inspirational story on how she survived and now takes her health to heart, eating a nutritional diet and exercising regularly. She wants to help others like herself realize that it can happen to them and they have the power to prevent it. During this event, community women had an opportunity to learn more about the risk factors of cardiovascular disease from Interventional Cardiologist Dr. Syed Raza. He emphasized, “Diabetes almost doubles the risk of fatal coronary artery disease and smoking is associated with 50% of all coronary events in women.” He encourages prevention for women and noted the importance of exercising, not smoking, eating a healthy diet, maintaining a body mass index of <25, a waist circumference of <35 inches and treating depression.

According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular diseases cause one in three women’s deaths each year, killing approximately one woman every minute. The good news is that 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes. To save lives and raise awareness of this serious issue, the American Heart Association launched “National Wear Red Day,” a special day to bring attention to the No. 1 and No. 5 killers of women – heart disease and stroke - and encourage everyone to “go red” and harnesses the energy, passion and power to band together and show your commitment to reducing risk, improving health, and saving women’s lives.

“Celebrating National Wear Red Day and hosting Ladies Night Out, Love Your Heart, is one of the many ways The Cardiovascular Center at Kingwood Medical Center increases women’s awareness about the risk factors and symptoms for heart disease,” said Melinda Stephenson, Kingwood Medical Center Chief Executive Officer. “Here, we put our hearts into caring for yours. Our unparalleled cardiovascular team, innovative technologies and specialized programs are all aimed at preventing, diagnosing, treating and helping patients recover from heart and vascular diseases including: heart attack, atrial fibrillation, coronary artery disease and providing safe, innovative, and minimally invasive procedures accessible to heart patients in our community.”

The Cardiovascular Center at Kingwood Medical Center offers our community’s only open heart surgery and electrophysiology programs. Our cardiovascular surgeons have performed more than 860 lifesaving, open heart surgeries in the last seven years. When time is muscle,' Kingwood Medical Center’s Interventional Cardiology Program leads with a door-to-balloon time averaging 60 minutes – well below the national standard of 90 minutes. And they are backed by our team of cardiologists, electrophysiologists, interventional cardiologists and cardiology nurse practitioners - the compassionate experts who commit their hearts to caring for yours. Our comprehensive, two-phase Cardiac Rehabilitation program and our special Mended Hearts Support Group help to heal the hearts and minds of cardiac patients working towards recovery.

For more information about The Cardiovascular Center at Kingwood Medical Center, visit KingwoodMedical.com. To schedule an appointment with a cardiologist or physician, please call 1-800-258-5064.

Pictured above: Heart attack survivor Jodi Seay shares how recognizing the signs and symptoms when she suffered a heart attack saved her life. She stayed calm and called 9-1-1.

Pictured above: Dr. Armita Atashband discusses the risks and prevention of heart disease in women at Ladies Night Out, Love Your Heart at Kingwood Medical Center on February 19th.

Pictured from left to right, Interventional Cardiologist Dr. Armita Atashband, Abigail Ainsworth, the American Heart Association, Amy Brown, Kingwood Medical Center, and Melinda Stephenson, CEO of Kingwood Medical Center, presenting a $2,456.38 check donation to the American Heart Association for funds raised during lunch on National Wear Red Day, February 6th, at Kingwood Medical Center.

Pictured above: Interventional Cardiologist Dr. Syed Raza discussing the symptoms of a heart attack in women on February 25th at Kingwood Medical Center

Pictured above: Heart attack survivor Debbie Stockwell shares her inspirational story on how she has survived and now takes her health to heart, eating a nutritional diet and exercising regularly.

About Kingwood Medical Center
22999 Highway 59 North, Kingwood, TX  77339

Kingwood Medical Center is an acute care facility comprised of 24-hour emergency services. It is home to the area’s comprehensive cardiac care program and neuroscience program. The hospital is recognized by the state of Texas as a Primary Stroke Center, is Joint Commission Accredited for Disease Specific Certification in Stroke, has an Accredited Sleep Disorder Center, an Accredited Diabetes Center and offers a myriad of services to patients, including: Level II and III neonatal intensive care units, women’s services, high risk obstetrics program, neonatal transport team, breast diagnostic center, designated pediatric unit, observation unit, surgical services, inpatient rehabilitation, laboratory and diagnostic imaging services on-site, a Center for Wound Care, and a 24 Hour Emergency Care Center in Fall Creek. Kingwood Medical Center: Quality Care, Close to Home. www.KingwoodMedical.com

About HCA Gulf Coast Division

HCA Gulf Coast Division is a comprehensive network of hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, emergency centers, and diagnostic imaging facilities.  It offers a complete continuum of specialized health programs and services that meet the needs of Greater Houston and South Texas’ residents and businesses.  HCA affiliated facilities in the Gulf Coast Division include: 13 hospitals, 8 ambulatory centers, 6 off-campus emergency centers, and a regional transfer center that provides one-phone-call access and support for patient transfers into and out of the HCA Gulf Coast Division Affiliated Hospitals, as well as access to ground and air transportation within a 150-mile radius.  For more information, visit our website at www.HCAGulfCoast.com.